12inch / Desire Records / 2012
lim. edition 700
desire has collaborated with Blackest Ever Black to present a limited
edition 12" featuring two new remixes of Ike Yard by Regis and Monoton.
This 12" heralds Desire's vinyl reissue of Ike Yard's self-titled
album. Originally released on Factory America in 1982, Ike Yard was a
product of the New York No Wave scene, but also stood very much apart
from it, then as now. Propulsive, paranoid, aggressive electro
minimalism, with as much attention paid to the mixing board and effects
processors as to vocals, guitar and synth. At once starker and more
fully-formed than virtually all other contemporaneous post-punk music.
Desire's 2012 edition represents the first ever vinyl reissue of this
classic, prophetic album.
Following his remixes of Raime and Vatican Shadow, and his own In A
Syrian Tongue EP, Regis re-enters BEB's orbit with a brooding, sinewy,
immaculate swung version of Ike Yard's 'Loss'. This is no 21st century
techno makeover; Ike Yard's music requires no such updating. It sounds
more like Regis sneaked into the The Ranch in '82, thrashing out a mix
on the desk there and then.
On the B-side, hypermedia researcher and artist Konrad Becker, aka
Monoton, whose own seminal electronic work of '82, Monotonprodukt 07,
was recently reissued by desire, supplies an engrossing dub mix of Ike
Yard's 'NCR'. Like Regis, Becker preserves the sound and spirit of the
original tapes, twisting them into a compulsive groove wrought out of
desiccated breakbeats, pressurised synth edits and immense sub-bass
Ike Yard was originally a quartet comprising Michael Diekmann, Stuart
Argabright, Kenneth Compton and Fred Szymanski. The group are active
again after a 28 year hiatus, sans Szymanski; their most recent album is
2011's Nord, and they will be touring the US and Europe in
This is a 12" vinyl release, limited to 700 copies. Black vinyl, black inner-sleeve.
Artwork by Stephen Americh, inspired by the Factory America design for Ike Yard.